Culture Study Documentaries

Families of the World 

a documentary series by Eleanor, Evan, and Mark Marquisee.

This is a magnificent set of short documentaries, one half-hour each, focused on showing a “day-in-the-life” of two children per country — one child in a rural setting, and one who lives in an urban setting.  Twenty-eight countries are included in the series, demonstrating the normal, everyday life of children in a wide variety of cultures, scattered around the globe.

 

Around the World in 80 Days

A BBC documentary with Michael Palin.

This travel documentary series follows Michael Palin he attempts to reatrace the fictional journey of Jules Verne’s Fileas Fogg, circumnavigating the globe in 80 days, using only surface transportation, while enjoying the sights and sounds of the various countries and cultures he travels through.

 

 

Full Circle

A BBC documentary with Michael Palin.

This travel documentary series focuses on the landscapes, countries, and cultures encountered when circling the Pacific Ocean, from Alaska, around counter-clockwise to his starting point.

 

 

Pole to Pole

A BBC documentary with Michael Palin.

This travel documentary series focuses on the landscapes, countries and cultures encountered along a surface-transport journey from North Pole to South Pole, via eastern Europe, eastern Africa, and Antarctica.

 

 

Sahara

A BBC documentary with Michael Palin.

This travel documentary series focuses on the landscapes, countries and cultures of the Sahara desert region of Africa.

 

 

Himalaya

A BBC documentary with Michael Palin.

This travel documentary series focuses on the landscapes, countries and cultures of the high Himalayas.

 

 

 

When We Left Earth

When We Left Earth.jpgby the Discovery Channel

This documentary series uses interviews with NASA astronauts, and original NASA film footage to tell the stories of all the manned NASA space missions, the vision, the social, political, and historical context, the technological inventions, the engineering problems and solutions, and the human training needed to pull them off.